Thursday, May 07, 2020

I LIKE TRAINS Announce New LP 'KOMPROMAT', Stream "The Truth"

Leeds-based alternative rock trailblazers I LIKE TRAINS have announced the release of their fourth studio album 'KOMPROMAT' (translates from Russian as 'compromising material').

This is the band’s first record since 2012’s ‘The Shallows’, which focused on how the internet and smart technology is re-wiring the human mind and affecting our concentration spans. Now, with ‘KOMPROMAT’, it’s clear that this same technology, in the wrong hands, has taken an even more sinister turn. The game has changed – and I LIKE TRAINS have changed with it. 

The album will be out via Schubert Music’s newly founded Atlantic Curve label on August 21. Pre-order your copy here.

This is a record that digs beneath populism’s rise, from the divide and conquer tactics that caused Brexit in the UK, to Trump’s ascent in America and the subsequent reign of lies and misinformation, to discover the grubby hands that have engineered it all. 

The band have also shared the lead single "The Truth", written as an instinctive gut reaction to a world that has changed beyond all recognition,  this razor-sharp track is accompanyied by a just-as-impactful deep-fake karaoke video. 8 years and one documentary film since their previous album, it's time for this eye-opening soundtrack to a world that has changed beyond all recognition.

‘The Truth’ was the last track to come together during the group’s recording sessions – a summation of the way in which facts are bent and, in many cases, utterly dismantled. Over a burring build of disco-inflected post-punk that recalls LCD Soundsystem and early DFA Records, “The truth is no longer concerned with the facts”.

“I’d been writing this list on my phone for a couple of months, adding a couple of lines
to it every so often. I’d read a news article or a tweet and I’d make reference to it. I decided to dig out this list in the last couple of days in the studio [for this track]. It’s pretty much the order I wrote it in – it came together on the fifth take and it was a pretty cathartic process,” says the group’s vocalist and lyricist David Martin.

“We didn’t set out to write a record about current affairs, but the path we set out on converged drastically with that daily discourse. The album inadvertently became about populist politics across the world. Brexit, Trump, Cambridge Analytics and covert Russian influence ended up at the centre of it all”.

At the time, Martin started writing about low-key, insidious intrusions on our privacy. As global events unfolded, however, so did the importance of those themes: the perception of what is true and what isn’t true being challenged on a daily basis and how that confusion could be used to manipulate populations into thinking and voting in certain ways.

Check out the album's tracklist and watch the video for "The Truth" , below.

KOMPROMAT Tracklist:
01. A Steady Hand
02. Desire Is A Mess
03. Dig In
05. Patience Is A Virtue
06. A Man Of Conviction
07. New Geography
08. The Truth
09. Eyes To The Left (feat. Anika)



New Entry: Honeychain Share New Song "Pocket Full Of Good Luck"

Los Angeles alt/punk/power pop band Honeychain have shared their punchy new single "Pocket Full Of Good Luck".

The song is taken from the band's upcoming new record, coming soon via Die Laughing Records/Golden Robot Records.

Watch a lyricvideo below.

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Watch: Work Drugs Air Music Video For "Down the Shore"

Philadelphia chillwave/smooth-fi/dream pop band Work Drugs have aired the video for their latest single "Down the Shore".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their latest release 'True Palms', it will also feature on their upcoming  LP. Grab it here.

Watch the video below.


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Watch: Walt Disco Release Music Video For "Cut Your Hair"

Glasgow post punk/glam band Walt Disco have released the video for their latest single "Cut Your Hair".

The song is part of our current playlist and came out last month (April 29). Grab it here.

Singer James Power said: “"Cut Your Hair" was written as a wee fun jibe at people passing judgement to those who are just being themselves. I think older generations can learn a lot from us YOUNG HARD AND HANDSOME folk.".

Watch the clip below.


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Watch: LA Priest Drops New Single/Video "Beginning"

British space-pop/psych artist LA Priest (former Late of the Pier frontman Samuel Dust) has dropped the video for his new single "Beginning".

The song is taken from his forthcoming sophomore album 'GENE', out 5th June via Domino Records Co. Pre-order your copy here.

Watch/listen below.


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New Entry: Nation Of Language Premiere New Single "The Wall & I"

Brooklyn post punk/new wave/synth-pop outfit Nation Of Language have premiered their new single "The Wall & I".

The song is taken from their highly-anticipated debut album 'Introduction, Presence', set to arrive on May 22. Pre-order your copy here.

UPDATE 11/05/2020: "The Wall & I" is our new Single of the Week!

Frontman ian Devaney's words: “The hardest part of the creative process for me are those moments when things don’t flow naturally at all, and you just have to sit and slug it out with your own brain, all the while knowing that you might spend hours mining your memories and working through feelings only to end up with nothing useable on the other side. In the time since writing “The Wall & I,” itself a product of many such fruitless hours, I have tried to make a mental adjustment to see the struggle itself as a kind of conceptual or performative dance — to make the conscious choice to spend a whole day locked in battle with my own aspirations wrestling against actual outcomes. As good as it feels to just sit down and knock a song out, there is a different level of satisfaction when you feel like you’ve bled a little bit and truly earned it.."

Take a listen below.


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Watch: Pleasure Curses Unleash "Sugar Coated" Music Video

Portland, OR based electronic/dance duo Pleasure Curses have unleashed the video for their latest single "Sugar Coated".

The song is part of our current playlist and came out in March, it also features on the Volume 1 of For Home PDX, a benefit compilation with all proceeds going to the Portland Coronavirus Mutual Aid Fund. Buy it here.

Watch the clip below.


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Watch: The 1975 Unveil "Me & You Together Song" Live Video

Manchester indie rock/pop band The 1975 have unveiled a live video for "Me & You Together Song".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from band’s forthcoming record 'Notes On A Conditional Form', out on May 22. Pre-order your copy here.

The video was directed by Adam Powell. Watch it below.